On Tuesday, April 29, about 100 women gathered online to hear four colleagues share their unique stories and pivotal moments in their careers. Hosted by the Fermilab Women’s Initiative, the Fermilab Young Professionals, and the Fermilab Society of Women Engineers, the third annual Fermilab Women’s Tea Talk event was the first of the series to be hosted virtually.
On Thursday, Feb. 20, the Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion performed at Fermilab in Ramsey Auditorium as part of Inclusion Matters 2020. “Project Inclusion started in 2008 to provide promising, diverse musicians a fellowship for one to two years. The goal is to identify, train, mentor and ready orchestra musicians beginning their pursuit of a professional career — musicians from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, that are traditionally underrepresented in orchestras.” From left: Fahad Awan on violin; Caitlin Edwards on violin; Seth Pae on viola; Victor Sotelo on cello.
It was 1969, and Keith Coiley was a high-schooler who heard about a good-paying summer job working at what was then named the National Accelerator Laboratory. That year, Johnny Green, also in high school, was recruited to join the lab, as was Curtis Danner a year later. Fifty years later, they continue as productive members of the Fermilab workforce and community. In recognition of Black History Month, they talk about their experiences as black men working at an international science center over a half-century.
From Yahoo! Finance, Feb. 11, 2020: A new monumental exhibit of the most women statues ever assembled in one location, at one time, is a first-of-its-kind, life-sized 3-D printed statue exhibit of more than 120 AAAS IF/THEN® ambassadors. Fermilab scientist Jessica Esquivel is one of the IF/THEN® ambassadors. The exhibit will be free to the public and will debut at Dallas’s NorthPark Center on Friday, May 1.
This year’s diversity and inclusion training series, Inclusion Matters: Building a Sense of Community, starts up this month. It builds on the awareness that last year’s series raised of the impact of social stereotypes and biases in the workforce. The training requirement has been placed on each employee’s ITNA, and the first presentation, by the Chicago Sinfonietta, takes place on Thursday, Feb. 20, in Ramsey Auditorium.
Physics professor Jason Nordhaus is working to reduce barriers to STEM for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, who face numerous barriers when trying to study technical STEM fields like physics. Physicists like Nordhaus are trying to change all that with specialized programs, classes and interpreter training, all aimed at reducing barriers in STEM.